Happiness comes in many different forms and to me, it is more often then not related with food.
This summer during our trip to Denmark, I came across the term Hygge, which roughly translates to the term „cosiness“. And although cosiness describes the concept of Hygge very well, the essence of it can hardly be explained by a single word translation.
Hygge is a way of life. And it’s probably the reason why the Danes are considered as one of happiest nation of the world.
Creating a warm and homey atmosphere, sitting together with good friends or family , sharing some good food by the glow of a candle.The heartfelt pleasure, that derives from trying to make everyday life a little bit more beautiful ,that is what Hygge is all about.
Although the five of us might have very different definitions of happiness, in general , I think we all (more or less conciously)agree,that it couldn’t get any more hyggelig,than when we are sitting around our breakfast table , peacefully munching on cloud like, little dough rolls, still a bit warm from the oven, oozing from melted butter and brown sugary cinnamon dripping on our plates.
Yes, sometimes happiness is nothing short than a homemade cinnamon roll. Hygge in it´s sweetest form.
Life can be so easy, right?
Now, let´s talk Cinnamon Rolls, shall we?
Apart from Pancakes, Cinnamon Rolls are our most favorite family breakfast staple. They are easy to prepare, fun to make and just their irresistible smell , inching itself into all the little crevices of the house ,brings instant happiness and Hygge vibes , before they have even left the oven. Although our hearts secretly belong to the plain and simple cinnamon-brown sugar version best , I love to play around with the filling from time to time , including some seasonal fruits , varying with spices or giving them an exciting twist, by trying a new frosting.
One of my favorite fillings are made of apple and pecans , but this fall we had quite a lot of pears lying around so I figured I might give them a chance to shine . Together with some cardamom and vanilla bean and my usual brown sugar cinnamon mix they make an exceptionally delicious filling. You will get the best results if your pears are slightly overripe and soft too the touch, otherwise they will might come out a little too crunchy and sour.
For the frosting I choose a (vegan) cream cheese version, with a bit of coffee and some pear juice. I know that the combination fruit and coffee might sound a bit strange at first but trust me, if you use both ingredients in small doses it will create the most perfect balanced taste between sweet, sour and the coffee will lend an interesting depth to an otherwise rather Standard frosting. Of course you can omit both the Juice and the coffee and still have a delicious topping, but I really want to encourage you to give it a try ! Instant happiness guaranteed!
Cinnamon Rolls with Cardamom Pear Filling :
- 250 ml milk of your choice
- 42 gr of fresh yeast
- 15 gr of sugar
- 2 eggs
- 700 grams of all purpose flour
- 80 grams of melted butter
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 dash of cardamom
- 75 grams melted butter
- 80 grams brown or muscovado sugar
- 2-3TBS cinnamon
- a dash of kosher salt
- 2-3 ripe , large pears chopped
In a small pot add milk, sugar and crumbled yeast and slowly warm it over medium heat until mixture is luke warm and the yeast is foamy.
Meanwhile mix your dry ingredients in the bowl of your kneading machine , add eggs and yeasted milk and knead for at least 5-8 Minutes.
Cover your bowl with a wet cloth and let it rise in a warm spot for at least 1h . The dough will have doubled in size.
Lightly flour your counter and roll the dough into a large, preferably rectangle form.
Spread the melted butter all the way to the edges.
In a small bowl, mix your brown sugar, cinnamon and salt and sprinkle generously over the butter till the edges ;add your chopped pears.
Starting with the longer side of your dough carefully roll it into a tight log and slice the dough into rolls using a very shipe knife , slice the rolls by sliding it under the dough and arrange them on a baking tray lined with parchement paper.
Cover with a wet cloth to rise for another 1-2 hours.
Preheat oven to Degrees and bake for abot 20-22 min until the rolls are slightly golden.Make sure not to overbake your rolls, to prevent them from getting to hard and dry.
Let it cool for 2-5 minutes and add frosting.
Maple Coffee Pear Frosting:
- 150 grams (vegan) cream cheese
- 3 TBS powdered sugar
- 1 TBS maple syrup
- 2 TBS freshly brewed coffee
- 1 TBS pear or apple juice
- a pinch of salt
- a hint of Vanilla (optional)
Place all ingredients into a large bowl ( or if you have high speed blender) and whisk until everything is evenly combined and the frosting has a smooth and creamy texture. Add more cream cheese if you find it too runny or more liquid if it´s too firm.